Notes: There must have been something in the water at the plant where they built the eighth generation Corollas, especially the 1998 and 1999 model years.

Outside of a few engine related issues for the 1999, these are about as dependable a car as you’ll find. And remember most of these cars have 200k miles on them by now. But good luck finding one; owners say they want a new car, but can’t justify trading in their Corolla because the darn thing just keeps rolling.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,862 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. always have new tires and avoid driving in bad weather (1 reports)
1999 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

brakes problem

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1999 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 082014

Corolla CE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,862 miles


Noticed problems with the car sliding as soon as the tires started showing any type of wear.

Late summer (Goodyear tires with 85% tread) we started noticing that the brakes would completely lock up with any kind of sudden stop...sending the car into a slide. When it would go into a slide, I would swear the car gained momentum. It almost felt like you were being flung. It even happened on dry, hot pavement.

We were driving after a very light rain in slow traffic (thank goodness it was SLOW) and the truck in front of us stopped abruptly. We had MORE than enough stopping room. Nope...went into a slide and shot like a rocket right under that truck. Pumping the brakes and turning the wheel did nothing. The front of the car is totaled....crunched in like butter. I shutter to imagine what could have happened if we were going any faster.

It's our fault for not being informed enough about our car. Had I known that it wasn't equipped with anti-lock brakes, we would not have owned it. - On the other side of the dime...I've driven many cars in my time that didn't come with anti-lock brakes and I've never felt a car slide on pavement like this one did.

If you search the internet you will see that a lot of people have had front end collisions with this make and model similar to what happened to us.

- , Aurora, CO, USA

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